Jamie Redknapp believes that West Ham United boss David Moyes will reinstate Joe Hart to the starting XI when Burnley visit the London Stadium on Saturday.
The England goalkeeper has not featured in the Premier League since the 4-0 defeat to Everton at the end of November, with Adrian the current preferred choice between the sticks.
However, following the 4-1 loss at Swansea City over the weekend, Redknapp feels that Moyes may turn back to Hart for their next fixture.
“Adrian’s poor performance in West Ham’s 4-1 defeat at Swansea gives [manager] Gareth Southgate another headache over the England No 1 shirt,” the former Liverpool midfielder wrote in his column for the Daily Mail.
“I can see Joe Hart returning to David Moyes’ starting XI against Burnley on Saturday and that will give the England manager another goalkeeper to consider for the World Cup.”
With a number of English keepers performing well in the top flight, Hart’s chances of being on the plane to Russia seem to slimming every week.
The likes of Jordan Pickford, Jack Butland and Nick Pope have all been regulars for their respective teams this term whilst the ex-Birmingham City star has been left to warm the bench.
The 30-year-old’s time in East London has capped a miserable couple of years since his mistakes for his country at Euro 2016.
A loan spell at Torino in Italy last season failed to help him recapture his form and he looked decidedly shaky in the opening months of the current campaign before Moyes took the decision to drop him for Adrian.
As for the Spaniard, he may feel hard done by if he is benched against the Clarets; whilst he has conceded eight goals in his last two outings, he has not been helped by some woeful defending from those in front of him.
Nonetheless, Moyes may feel it necessary to make a change simply to spark a reaction from his players and he needs one against a Burnley side defying expectations to sit in seventh place.